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  • Harrington man arrested for fourth DUI after sideswiping police car

  • A 47-year-old Harrington man, identified as Thomas J. Lepera, was arrested for his fourth DUI on Feb. 23 after he crashed into the side of a Harrington Police Department vehicle.
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  • A 47-year-old Harrington man was arrested for his fourth DUI on Feb. 23 after he crashed into the side of a Harrington Police Department vehicle.
    Delaware State Police arrested Thomas J. Lepera on Feb. 23 around 1:30 a.m. after he sideswiped a fully marked 2009 Ford Crown Victoria patrol car that was parked on the southbound side of Railroad Avenue, just north of the Commerce Street intersection, according to police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
    Lepera was operating a 2005 Hyundai Sante Fe southbound on Railroad Avenue when he hit the patrol car, and the Hyundai continued southbound before turning onto Commerce Street and stopping after the officer signaled for him to pull over, Fournier said.
    When the officer contacted Lepera, who was the lone occupant and driver of the vehicle, the officer detected an odor of alcohol and began a DUI investigation, Fournier said.
    The Harrington Police Department contacted state troopers to investigate the crash.
    Lepera was taken into custody and transported to Troop 3. His driving record revealed three previous DUI convictions in 2001, 2004 and 2006, making Sunday’s arrest his fourth conviction.
    Lepera was charged with a fourth offense of driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7 and committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in default of a $4,025 secured bond.

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